The Gift Initiative [link]
The Gift Initiative is a community education collaborative in Tennessee led by Alive Hospice, recognizing the critical need for education about advance planning for serious illness and end-of-life care.
Advance Care Planning, Preferences for Care at the End of Life [pdf]
A report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on how physicians and other health care professionals can help their patients with advance care planning and assess patient preferences for care at the end of life.
Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer [pdf]
An article from the New England Journal of Medicine studying the effects of early palliative care on patients with a particular form of cancer.
Palliative Care – A Shifting Paradigm [pdf]
An editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine about the benefits of palliative care.
Tennessee’s Advance Care Plan
An Advance Care Plan is a document that tells your doctor how you want to be treated if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious. Also known as a living will, Tennessee’s Advance Care Plan was updated in 2004 and includes an area to designate a health care agent. The Health care agent is the person you would want to speak for you in the case that you can no longer make decisions for yourself. You can access Tennessee’s Advance Care Plan and find more resources about advance care planning at thegiftinititative.org [link]